River Thames cycle to Hampton Court Palace
Hampton Court Palace and nearby land was given to King Henry VIII by Cardinal Wolsey in 1529 when Henry wanted to divorce Catherine of Aragon to marry Anne Boleyn. Henry turned the land into a hunting ground full of deer called Bushy Park which is the 2nd largest Royal Park of London. He enlarged the palace and made it his principle home and was the main royal residence for the next 230 years until King George II died there in 1760.
Visit Hampton Court Palace on our Hampton Court Palace River Ride , offered every Thursday March-October or request a day of choice!
Hampton Court saw Anne Boleyn and Catherine Howard both fall from grace and the birth of the future Edward VI by Jane Seymour who subsequently died here a few days later.
An interesting attraction is the real tennis court built for Henry VIII and played there regularly by him, a very different game from the tennis we know now. Go and get lost in the maze or try to see the ghost of Catherine Howard who is said to walk the corridors of the palace!
We can help you with accommodation before or after the rides.